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Plane crash on Madeline Island kills 2 in northwestern Wisconsin

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Two people have died in a plane crash on Madeline Island in northwestern Wisconsin Saturday night near Ashland, several news outlets report.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the crash was reported at 6:34 p.m. Saturday. La Pointe police officers responded to the scene and within five minutes found the plane engulfed in flames in a heavily wooded area about 150 to 200 yards south of the airport runway, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

The sheriff's office says the plane reportedly was attempting to land when it went down, according to the Associated Press.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig tells the News Tribune the aircraft was a single-engine Piper PA-24 Comanche. The identities of the victims had not been released as of late Saturday night. The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, according to both the Tribune and the AP.

The weather station at Kennedy Memorial Airport in Ashland, about 15 miles southwest of the crash site, reported partly cloudy skies and 10-mile visibility at 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

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